First Lady Michelle Obama is speaking at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year event at the White House in her final public speech as the FLOTUS.

She praised school counselors all over the nation for the job they do in the educational field, and encouraged others to be their best and began to choke back tears as she ended her speech.

“So that’s my final message to young people as First Lady. It is simple,” she said. “I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid — you hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.

“Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear. And know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life.”